Was meant to be doing the Antique and Collectors' Market at the Citadel Centre in Ayr this weekend, but a combination of horrible weather and a flare-up of my arthritis, to the point where any kind of movement is problematic has meant that I have had to cancel. Never mind. It has at least given me some time to sit in the warmth of my studio and paint. I'm currently working on a large and cheerful picture of sunflowers, and at least that's a happy subject for a dreich time of year!
I'm back on my serious arthritis meds after a break over Christmas when I contracted a nasty chest infection and had to discontinue them - let's hope that they begin to kick in soon and make me feel well enough to do the occasional show, even if I do sit down for most of it!
You can now find a very good selection of my prints and even my original art on eBay - in my wife's 'Scottish Home' eBay store. Once you get there, click on the Gallery link and you'll find them. I'm planning to add quite a lot more of my original art over the next few weeks. Although I know these pictures are rather expensive you're very welcome to make an appointment to view in my studio, but the online display will give you some idea of the work before you do. Or you could buy a small print to see if you might like to live with the original!
Meanwhile, we've just had a big meeting of all the artists who will be involved with the Open Studios Ayrshire event this year. The date for your diary is 25th and 26th April. More than 60 artists will be involved this year and there will be a mini bus to bring people from the various 'hubs' - our local hub is the Carrick Centre at Maybole. This should make it much easier for visitors to see more of what's on offer in individual studios.
We'll be open from 10 am on both days and all visitors will be made most welcome. Our village cafe and pub will also be open on the day offering a wonderful selection of food and drink, from teas, coffees and home baking in our community shop and cafe, just along the road from my studio, to the excellent full meals on offer in the Kirkmichael Arms.
Meanwhile, why not go along and 'like' our Facebook Page so that you can keep up with all the news as it happens.
We'll be blogging from time to time about Alan's work, what he's working on and what's for sale. Watch this space for news of forthcoming exhibitions too!